Student Art Summer Shows in London.

April 24, 2009 at 10:31 am | Posted in 19574520, Art, Art Education in London, Art undergraduates, Camberwell College of Arts, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London Art, London Art Scene, London Art Schools, London Exhibitions, London Galleries, Summer Art Shows, Undergraduate Art, Upcoming Exhibitions | Leave a comment
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The University of the Arts London has already announced the final dates for the Art Summer Shows 2008/09 that will celebrate another year of great work by their talented students.

This is a great opportunity to reach the front of the new art wave and discover the latest trends by today’s new talents that could become tomorrow’s greatest artists in the London art scene.

University of the Arts London, Europe's leader in art and design.

University of the Arts London, Europe's leader in art and design.

University of the Arts, Chelsea College of Art and Design:

Graduate Exhibition – June 2009

This event showcases the work from graduates from the following undergraduate courses: BA (Hons) Fine Art, BA (Hons) Textile Design, BA (Hons) Graphic Design Communication, BA (Hons) Interior & Spatial Design, FdA Interior Design, Graduate Diploma Interior Design..

Saturday 20th June 2009  10am – 4pm
Sunday 21st June 2009    10am – 4pm
Monday 22nd June 2009    10am – 8pm
Tuesday 23rd June 2009   10am – 8pm
Wednesday 24th June 2009 10am – 8pm

To contact Chelsea College of Art and Design, click here.

University of the Arts, Camberwell College of Arts:

BA Ceramics, BA Drawing, BA Graphic Design, BA Illustration, BA Photography, BA Painting, BA Sculpture, BA 3D Design, FdA Design Practice, FdA Illustration for Sequence and Interaction.

Tuesday 23 June – Friday 26 June 10am – 8pm
Saturday 27 June 11am – 4pm

Further Enquires, click here.

University of the Arts, Wimbledon College of Arts:

Undergraduate BA Hons Fine Art (Painting),BA Hons Fine Art (Print and Digital Media), BA Hons Fine Art (Sculpture).

Wednesday 17 June – Friday 19 June 2009  10am – 4pm
Saturday 20 June 2009 11am – 5pm
Monday 22 June – Tuesday 23 June 2009  10am –  4pm

Contanct Wimbledon College of Arts, click here.


Guernica by Picasso, 1936

April 15, 2009 at 7:47 pm | Posted in Art, Contemporary Art, Guernica, London Art, London Exhibitions, London Galleries, Pablo Picasso, Picasso's art work, Upcoming Exhibitions | 1 Comment
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The tragedy of Guernica.

The tragedy of Guernica.

Pablo Picasso’s iconic mural denouncing the bombings of Guernika during the Spanish Civil War arrived last week to the city of London.

The Picasso-approved tapestry usually presides the United Nations building in New York but Londoners can now admire the Spaniard’s masterpiece at the Whitechapel Gallery.

The newly reopened East London gallery had already sheltered the celebrated Guernica in the year 1939 for two weeks. Back then, the price of entry had been, funnily enough, a pair of boots for the Republicans combatants in Spain.

Now, more than sixty years later, the Whitechapel gallery has secured a year loan of the life size Picasso replica that was first shown at the Spanish pavillon in the International Exposition dedicated to the Art and Technology in Modern Life held in Paris in 1937.

The original Guernica is now permanently exhibited at theMuseo Reina Sofía in Madrid considered to be too fragile to travel.

Picasso's life-size replica currently exhibited at the Whitechapel Galley

Picasso's life-size replica currently exhibited at the Whitechapel Galley

Guernica illustrates the cruelty of man and the horrors of war as well as being a personal tribute of the artist to the town of Gernika in Northern Spain after it was massacred by the Nazi Condor Legion during the Spanish Civil War.

This small village located in the Basque Country became the first victim of German deathly blitz as the town burnt for more than three days killing more than 200 innocent civilians.

Guernica is an overt anti-war statement that not only reflects the tragedy and the pain caused by war and man but also the grieving of an entire nation brought to its knees by Francisco Franco´s fascist forces.

Guernika after the bombings.

Gernika after the bombings.

Picasso’s masterpiece is not only brilliantly crafted and highly perfected in its technique but it is also powerful and moving charged with symbolism behind every figure that is featured in the mural.

The Spaniard employed dark colours and different scales of greys to emphasise the tragic mood and the destructing of the town that was reduced to ashes.

Several elements come together in Guernica aiming to portray the reality of Picass0’s days that led to the destruction of Europe in the most brutal world the world had ever seen.

Guernica’s symbolism is further emphasised by Picasso’s use of key elements in the Spanish popular culture such bulls and horses. These animals, as they appear mutilated and in great pain, serve to illustrate the defeat of the people in the hands of their tormentors.

Guernica's mutilated horse-head.

Guernica's mutilated horse-head.

A mother mourning for her lost child, burning bodies riped apart, figures in pain and distress, they all serve to illustrate the dehumanising power of war that reduced Gernika to flames.

Grieving Mother.

Grieving Mother.

Picasso’s masterpiece, Guernica, has effectively become the great anti-war manifesto destined to shake the apathy of people and the conscience of many who still regard war as a tool to seize power.

Visit Whitechapel Gallery, click here

Visit Museo Reina Sofía,click here.

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